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Things that are brand new!

Posted on May 10th, 2011 by annakjarzab

Okay, so big news–Eric was able to fix the comment tool! For now I’m still going to moderate, so if your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry. I’ll probably take it off moderation eventually, but since it’s a new tool I’m going to try it out like that for now. And you guys aren’t seeing what I’m seeing, but the back end of my website is all slick and shiny and updated. I logged in (after being locked out for a little while, as you may have noticed if you follow me on Twitter) and was literally like, “Whoaaaa.”

Other things that are new: the All Unquiet Things paperback! It went on sale today, and you can get it…well, you can definitely get it online in a bunch of places, but also I think at the chains? I’m not sure yet because I haven’t gone in to check, but you can probably get it at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books a Million…basically any place that stocked the hardcover. And the paperback has a new cover! Okay, so it’s only slightly new. The photograph of Carly no longer wraps around, and it has a lovely blurb on the front from Nancy Werlin, New York Times bestselling author of Impossible!

Otherwise the cover is the same. I can personally attest that the paperback looks great in person. My editor sent me one, which I then stupidly mailed directly to my parents (where they can add it to what my siblings derisively call the “shrine to Anna” in their office, where two hardcovers plus the galley of AUT are on display) before taking a picture, so I guess you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like. It basically looks like a paperback, but with the above cover on it. When I get my author copies I’ll give some away on Goodreads, to spread the love a little.

Third new thing: the anti-Kindle policy at Yankee Stadium. I’m going to the Yankees v. Royals game tonight and my friend Nikki emailed this morning to warn me not to bring my Kindle–last time she went to a game, she saw a man and his daughter prevented from entering the stadium because she had her Kindle in her bag. What am I supposed to read on the train now? J/k, of course I always carry a real flesh and blood book with me, I’m not a robot! But I have a bunch of fun manuscripts for work on my Kindle that I was hoping to get a jump start on. Boo, hiss, Yankee Stadium! I think they’re just being ornery. I really cannot think of a single reason why they wouldn’t allow you to bring a Kindle into the stadium. It does less than an iPhone! It literally does only one thing. Mysteries.

For those of you who actually read my Make It or Break It recaps, I’ll have one for you today or tomorrow. I will say this about MIOBI–if that’s really how they’re going to leave Damon and Emily forever (not sure if Chelsea Hobbs is returning post-having her actual baby), they did a really terrible job of wrapping up that storyline, because at this moment I totally hate Damon after loving him for two seasons. I’m sure that’s not what they want, so I’m hoping the couple will be back.

Comments are the worst

Posted on June 19th, 2010 by annakjarzab

Hey guys, as I learned when Shannel emailed me yesterday, the comment tool is still wonky and trapping real comments in the spam filter. Sorry! Eric and I will work on fixing this. In the meantime, I promise to be better about checking the spam filter. I like getting comments! I wish people would comment more! Although I realize being treated like spam probably prohibits that somewhat. Anyway, I’m working on what I think is a cool post but may not be, so stay tuned for that! (I really sold it to you hard, huh?)

Comments FAIL

Posted on April 8th, 2010 by annakjarzab

Oh, some of you might be wondering why every time you try to comment on a post here it doesn’t show up. Well, it turns out that my comment tool thinks you’re all spammers–REAL NICE, GUYS. Just kidding. I’ve approved everything, even the re-sends and Eric’s test comments, so it looks a little cray-cray in the comments right now, but Eric’s going to fix it and soon we should have no more problems. In the meantime I’ll keep my eye on the spam box. Definitely keep commenting!


Posted on June 25th, 2009 by annakjarzab

I promised you an ARC giveaway, and though perhaps a week of silence doesn’t qualify as “very soon”, I’m here to announce the Very! First! All Unquiet Things! Giveaway! SPECTACULAR!


Wow, I made that sound way more exciting than it is.

Okay, so here’s the catch: the giveaway is not here! It’s over at The A-Team, because Joanna and I need material and you might have some questions for us, so ask them and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. It really is that simple. You can ask a question of Joanna (my agent, for anyone who’s new), me, or both of us, and then we’ll answer them on The A-Team until we run out.

All the details are over at the official giveaway post (let me be clear about this: comments posted on this post, while appreciated and awesome, ARE NOT ELLIGIBLE; if you have a Q, you’ve got to ask it over here). Multiple Qs=multiple entries, because we’ll be giving the ARC away to the best one (as judged by us, obvs). Questions with spoilery answers will be answered after the book comes out, under a cut, but all of the questions will be answered eventually on the blog (at our discretion, of course).

The contest will last for a week, and the winner will be announced on Friday, July 3rd.

Don’t delay, ask away!*

Oh, and also, if you wanted to, um, tell people about this (perhaps on your blog, on Twitter, etc.) and get them excited about it, I’d be most grateful. Not required! But definitely encouraged.


*Oh, yeah, I went there. I went to the rhyming place. Sorry.


Posted on April 8th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Hey hey hey, look who’s here! I trust you found the new blog okay, then. Do you like it? I hope so. It was a lot of work, not necessarily on my part but certainly on Eric‘s. We’re still fixing things up around here, so if you have any comments, concerns, worries, questions, suggestions, recipes or limericks, I’d be happy to hear them. I’ll be putting up a post at The A Team tomorrow about just how we did the site and what I plan on using it for (sneak peak: hidden content!), so definitely stay tuned.

(The comment form is wonky, I know, we’re on it.)

New post up at the A Team blog

Posted on February 11th, 2009 by annakjarzab

I think the title of this post says it all, but I have a new post up at The A Team Blog, talking about the work I’m doing on GR (my option book) and also finally revealing for the first time on the interwebs the actual title of MB, my second book being published by Delacorte. You know, I never really meant to keep it a secret, but I’ve always been unsure of the title in the sense that I wasn’t certain it was going to stick around (I’m afraid there might be some kind of trademark problem, in which case I have an alternate, albeit less cool, title for the book). And it seemed a bit silly to abbreviate it over at that blog, which is supposed to be a bit more professional than this one. So yeah. How revelatory of me. Checkitowt!

Paste eaters unite!

Posted on December 4th, 2008 by Anna Jarzab

elementary_schoolEL OH EL really? This probably has a lot to do with the fact that I say things like “EL OH EL.” I just hope this blog is not the Internet equivalent of fourth grade. I positively HATED fourth grade.

Meanwhile, on another blog…

Posted on November 17th, 2008 by Anna Jarzab

Today’s post is over at the Tenners, where I ramble on about my favorite teen movies. Sneak peek: there’s a lot of Shakespeare adaptations. It also took me forever to write, because I lost the first draft to a computer malfunction, and inserting images and aligning them correctly can take years in Livejournal. So I hope everybody enjoys it!


Posted on September 30th, 2008 by Anna Jarzab

Just a short post to alert you to the fact that I have added a link to my Facebook profile on the About Me page. Lest you believe that I am woefully behind the times, I’ve actually had a personal Facebook page since 2005, when they rolled out the website for my school. The only reason I don’t want to put a link to that one up is that I actually use my personal Facebook page to keep track of old friends and family members and sorority sisters and stuff, and I just thought I’d get too confused if I combined Internet friends with IRL friends, so I just created a new one for all things authorial.

I would set up a new MySpace account, too, but I’ve got to be honest: I hate MySpace. I hardly use the account I have now, and maybe I’ll talk myself into getting one in the future, when the book release is closer, since it seems like a handy way of disseminating information for other authors, but…I just really hate it. Facebook is way more my thing.

Oh, and also I’ve joined the Tenners, a community over on Live Journal for writers with books coming out in 2010. Hit up my bio (with a little, never before seen synopsis of AUT grabbed from my query letter, if you can believe it, plus a bit more information about me and an explanation about where the title All Unquiet Things came from), and check out what the other lovely Tenners are up to. Speaking of people with books coming out in the future (nice segue, I know), you might want to stop by the 2009 Debutantes Live Journal, because their books are about to start rolling out in January and you know you want to add them all to your Amazon wishlist.


Posted on September 5th, 2008 by Anna Jarzab

Someday soon, I hope, my friend Eric is going to design me a website. We haven’t been really working on it because of the summer and our various vacations and my need to really finish my revisions, etc., but hopefully now that it’s fall we can start thinking about things and get the ball rolling. I’ve also been putting it off because ideally I’d like to maybe possibly sell AUT before we design the site, mostly because, you know, some content besides the blog would be nice. But I’m not sure how long it’s going to take to do that, so I think we’ll take our time and work on it when we can until I make a decision about what exactly I would like to go up.

Anyway, Eric told me to start gathering up some ideas about what I want the site to look like. I have kind of an idea but no concrete plan, so I decided the best way would be to gather up images that invoked the aesthetic I wanted and then show them to him and see what he can do with that. The easiest (read: laziest) way I’ve found to do this is to subscribe to the RSS feeds for We Heart It and FFFFOUND and a frillion other Tumblrs and use Google Reader’s star feature to keep track of all the images I like. I’ve been downloading them and putting them into a Picasa album for Eric to look at when he gets home.

I thought I’d put up some samples here. Mostly they conform to one very broad aesthetic, a sort of vintage, shabby-chic (I guess–this is the term Eric used) look with lots of muted, faded tones and soft light filters. My attraction to this aesthetic sort of surprises me, since I’m usually all about bright colors and graphics, but I want the site to be sophisticated and understated and beautiful, not loud and in-your-face. Enjoy!

I know it’s probably been done over and over again, but I really like the vintage Poloroid look a lot of these pictures have. It’s nice and subtle. This isn’t the entire collection of images I’ve amassed for Eric, but it’s a good sampling.

[Also, I should note that none of these photographs were taken by me, and they are the property of whoever produced them. This is just for illustration. If you know anything about We Heart It and FFFFOUND and Tumblr, you’ll know that a lot of these photos just wandered into my Google Reader without sources, so if they belong to you and you’d like me to put up a link please email me.]